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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
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How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Oliver Aalami
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
18 years in practice
686K people helped
How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

Weeks to Months: You will be home usually within a week but rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and it will take several more weeks before you feel 100%. The sternotomy will be sore until it fully heals. In addition, if you had a vein harvest from the legs, it takes several weeks for these wounds to heal. Overall it takes a month or two before you feel fully recovered. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
33 years in practice
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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

Dr. Robert Binford
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
33 years in practice
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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

It really depends: Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. A bypass surgery does not cure you of coronary artery disese. You can form new blockages in your arteries or even the bypass grafts. Arterial grafts like mammary arteries tend to last a long time. Vein grafts often last about 7-10 yrs. Have you quit smoking and watched your diet? All of these things are improtant. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Is the recovery, or the actual procedure, more important regarding triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Both: Cut well, sew well, do well is the axiom. Without good surgery, recovery does not necessarily go well. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Cooper
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
33 years in practice
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Woud you please discuss the complications that can arise from triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Matthew Cooper
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
33 years in practice
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Bypass: Heart attack, stroke, death, major infection, kidney failure. However, the reality is that overall risk is low. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Depends: The symptoms or signs lead to cardiac catheterization and definition of the anatomy which may be suitable for cabg. Full risks, benefits and options should be presented to you. Depending on the symptoms, severity, anatomy the procedure should be done sooner than later. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Guyton
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
41 years in practice
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What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Steven Guyton
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
41 years in practice
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What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

Mutiple: Heart attack, stroke, death, kidney injury or failure, infection, bleeding, cardiac tamponade, and complications of vascular disease, which can occur in many different areas of the body. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Variable: Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc. Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts. The point is that most do well and for along time. I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Creighton Wright
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: Immediately should be with care. After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
28 years in practice
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How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
28 years in practice
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How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing?  Thank you.

Depends: Depends on a number of factors: coexisting illness, previous surgery in area(namely chest), previous heart attacks causing congestive heart failure, quality of saphenous veins(used for conduits), is patient obese, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Engelman
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Dr. Daniel Engelman
Board Certified, Thoracic Surgery
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Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Maybe: It depends what medications you're on. I would limit myself to 1 to 2 drinks in any given day. Also alcohol can affect the drug coumadin. ...Read more

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